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The Aims of Higher Education
Author: Harry Brighouse

ISBN: 9780226259482
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 16 June 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 6.0 x 9.0 x 1.0
This book features a group of top-notch philosophers tackling some of the biggest questions in higher education: What role should the liberal arts have in a college education?  Should colleges orient themselves to the educational demands of the business sector?  What is the role of highly selective colleges in the public sphere?  To what extent should they be subsidized directly, or indirectly, by the public?  Should they simply teach students skills and academic knowledge, or should they play a role in shaping character, and if so to what end?  Should highly selective colleges' admissions practices give an edge to racial minorities, or legacies, or poor students?  How much should the public purse subsidize disadvantaged students attending such institutions?

These questions are fundamentally about moral and political values?questions of distributive justice and of what constitutes valuable education.  Philosophers are trained to identify value considerations in great detail?indeed, often with more precision than is ever needed for practical purposes!?but most disagreements about policy and practice proceed with mi...

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